Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Dave Emerson, director of the U.S. Development Center at Yokogawa Corporation of America, has been elevated to the distinguished membership grade of Fellow of the International Society of Automation (ISA), a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation. The award presentation was held on October 11, 2015.
Founded in 1945, the ISA is an organization that sets and advocates technology standards for the control industry to improve safety, efficiency, and profitability at manufacturing sites. An ISA fellowship recognizes qualified ISA members who have made exceptional engineering or scientific contributions to the automation profession. Based upon peer evaluation, it is the highest grade of ISA membership. The criteria for selection are demanding and only a few members are elected each year, making this grade a coveted honor. This year five people received this honor.
This acknowledgment of Mr. Emerson reflects the following major contributions he has made to the control industry:
At ISA, he was involved in standardizing the field data used in process automation and drawing up the specifications of the interface for exchanging this data. Specifically, he worked on the development of ISA-88 (international standard for batch process control) and ISA-95 (international standard for integrating management systems and production systems). In 2014, he was selected by CONTROL, a prestigious and influential industry magazine in the U.S., to enter the “Process Automation Hall of Fame.” For Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International, which is an organization for standardizing manufacturing execution systems (MES), he standardized a batch interface. For the OPC Foundation, which is a standardization consortium that develops and promotes communication interfaces, he drew up the specifications for the OPC interface.